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  • Debapriyo 12:19 pm on July 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    We can’t define anything precisely. If we attempt to, we get into that paralysis of thought that comes to philosophers… one saying to the other: “You don’t know what you are talking about!”. The second one says: “What do you mean by talking? What do you mean by you? What do you mean by know?”

    Richard Feynman
  • tuhinspeaks 5:21 pm on July 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    ঐ যে প্রেমিক আর ঐ যে প্রেমিকা প্রচুর ঘুমের পিল ব্যাগে নিয়ে ঘুপচি মতন হোটেলে উঠছে ঐ যে যুবক আর ঐ যে যুবতী ফলিডল শিসি নিয়ে চুপচাপ দরজা দিচ্ছে ঘরে ঐ যে ছেলেটি আর ঐ যে মেয়েটি রেললাইনের ধারে ঝোপে ঝাড়ে দাঁড়িয়ে রয়েছে সন্ধ্যেবেলা দূরে লোকালের আলো । আজ, কাল, পরশু, তরশু ওদের সবাইকে অপঘাতে মৃতরূপে খুঁজে পাওয়া যাবে। ওরাতো মাস্টার-ছাত্রী, দেওর-বৌদি তো ওরা ওরাতো সুদূর সম্পর্কে ভাইবোন। লোকচক্ষু থেকে ওরা এই পথে বাইরে চলে এলো । আসলে কখন যেন হোটেলের ভ্যাপসা ঘর, হাসপাতাল, মর্গ আর রেলখাল ছেড়ে ওরা উঠে গিয়ে আকাশের একটুখানি ‘পরে বসতি তুলেছে হ্যাঁ জবর দখল। সেখানে মেঘের তৈরী গাছ, সেখানে হাওয়ায় তৈরী কুটির, সেখানে পাতা, শুধু পাতার পোশাক।সেখানে এখন ছিন্ন ভিন্ন বৌটিকে তার ছবি এঁকে দিচ্ছে রেলেকাটা কিশোর প্রেমিক।আঁচলে কষের রক্ত মুছিয়ে মেয়েটি বলছে – তাহলে এবার একটা গান কর বটাই। যুবকটি ছুঁয়ে ছুঁয়ে মুছে দিচ্ছে যুবতীর সারা গায়ের দরা দরা মর্গের সেলাই। আরেক মাথা গরম কবি এই মর্ত্যমাঠ থেকে উপরে তাকিয়ে দেব-দেবীদের সঙ্গে সমানে হাঙ্গামা করছে। স্বর্গের এই জমিটুকু এক্ষুনি ওদের নামে লিখে দেওয়া চাই।

    Joy Goswami
  • dibya 2:08 pm on September 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Killing is much easier than you think. You just have to forget how sweet the sugar is.

    Mr. Rosso, Monster
    • Riju 12:40 pm on October 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Finished it yet? :D

      • dibya 12:53 pm on October 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Not yet. Currently at episode 63. You must have finished it by now I guess. I’ll be done by this week I think :)

        • Riju 1:05 pm on October 10, 2012 Permalink

          No, I haven’t. I’ll get back to it today. I’ve been reading books instead.

    • nahseezila 6:50 am on February 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Dude! Get beck from somewhere and WATCH IT asap!

  • Neel 1:11 pm on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bodies on gears, Linkin Park, machine, Mario Savio, Wretches and Kings   

    There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

    Mario Savio, quoted later in Wretches and Kings, Linkin Park
  • Zeeshan 8:36 pm on August 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Beneath this mask there is more than flesh… beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy… and ideas are bulletproof

    V for Vendetta
  • Debapriyo 6:16 pm on April 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Martha snuggled up to Rick. He smelled so good. So many questions she wanted to ask about his life. It made her wish he was still alive.

    • Abhra 12:22 am on April 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I’m suddenly struck by the idea of a (very) short story competition at IISER-K.

  • devsunipa 10:11 pm on March 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    One who knows the price of everything, knows the value of nothing!

    A very common but heartfelt quote!
  • Debapriyo 1:37 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: objectivism, , quotes   

    “I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
    “It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.”
    “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.”
    “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.”
    “Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.”
    “Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.”
    “Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.”
    “God… a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man’s power to conceive.”
    “If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.”

    Ayn Rand
    • dibya 3:53 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      There was a time when I was heavily influenced by these quotes or more generally her fictional works. Recently I acquired a non-fictional work of hers “philosophy: who needs it?” Have you read it?
      I was thinking, we could have a literary club session where we discuss her ideas and their validity. I think everyone should have a point of view in this debate. For example, people value altruism quite a lot usually.
      What do you say we have such a session??

      • Riju 4:23 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        No, I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard of it.

        And such a session would be nice, but would others understand her ideas properly unless they read her works first?

      • tuhinspeaks 10:54 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Right. I haven’t read any of her work but a session like this should be interesting.

      • nahseezila 1:50 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        The idea is nice, let’s check how many of us have read her works in the next meeting and then we can decide.

  • Zeeshan 3:54 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    “One magician demanded I show him an image of the love of his life. I rustled up a mirror.”

    Jonathan Stroud, The Amulet of Samarkand
  • Zeeshan 3:52 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    “Can you define “plan” as “a loose sequence of manifestly inadequate observations and conjectures, held together by panic, indecision, and ignorance”? If so, it was a very good plan.”

    Jonathan Stroud, The Ring of Solomon
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